Foundations: Phenakistoscope


In my Foundations class, we had to design a phenakistoscope with an interesting animation. Figuring out how to place and position my animations really made me have to think about how animation “works”. In terms of elements of design, the use of complimentary colors (orange and blue) brings contrast to the artwork. Shape is also emphasized with the ying/yang circles and its repetition, in addition to utilizing negative space with contrasting dark and light colors. Rhythm and movement is found with the motions of the fish, and draws the viewer’s eye across the artwork as it “glides”. In terms of the principles of animation, follow through and overlapping action is utilized with the motions of the fish as they go through the action of swimming in a circle. Staging is present by keeping the focus on the swimming motion of the fish and unnecessary detail is avoided. By using photoshop, I was able to animate my phenakistoscope digitally and create gifs of my animation on the artwork. If given the chance to change anything, I would go back and rethink about the placement of my blue fish so that they don’t swim backwards, and maybe add more fish so that there is more movement.

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